The first keyline

We are putting in our first keyline berm and swale system in order to harvest water strategically across the contours of our property, for tree and shrub irrigation as well as to water our pastured animals. In the past we have dabbled in berms and swales, but now we have taken the concepts to heart and incorporated them into our overall permaculture design.

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We think spending time, even years, on a property definitely helps to conceptualize the ramifications of major surgery such as berms and swales on the landscape. We have made mistakes in the past with this and so we knew we needed to take our time and really come to an understanding of what are intentions were and what we were trying to accomplish.

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The first swale was marked out in the last few days using a transit level and flags/sticks/ribbons. As we walked the first contour and envisioned the future landscape, we saw the placement of the catchment ponds to come and how they would interact with the livestock as well as their usefulness in irrigation. Today we started to plow out the swale line in order to get this project underway before the next few days of rain. With the rain will come more observation and interaction, and we will adjust the swales as needed.¬† We plotted the line with 1% slopes that direct water to flow very slowly toward three pocket ponds, about equidistant across the line. We don’t want totally on-contour swales as we have a very clay rich soil that will become waterlogged and overflow. The point is to catch the water on this line and feed the roots of the trees and shrubs, and when the swale¬† is saturated to capacity, then the water flows to a pond where we use that water in other applications.

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Turns out the soil was a bit more soaked then we thought, so after the first plowing we decided to call it quits on earth manipulation today. We have a heavy silt clay loam and when it is saturated with water, it is slicker then a hog in oil, and it sticks together making it harder to break apart and create that well mounded berm. The overall line is good, and as mentioned before we will adjust as needed and fine tune within the next few days.

At that point our order of bareroot trees and shrubs should be here and we will then plant them out, with a shovel full of goose/goat manure on top of a paper weed control barrier, as well as soiled/rotten hay.

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You can see here how much moisture was already seeping into the swale as we finished up the plowing for the day.

New! The “Pastured Pork Package”

When was the last time you had a really juicy and amazing piece of pork? Never? Well, maybe it is all about how your pork was grown – happy pigs are the first step to amazing pork!

“The product coming from these piggies is simply stunning!” – Erin

“Sweet Jesus that is some good pork.” – Mary

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Our pork is receiving rave reviews, and we know it’s because our pigs are loved and appreciated, their bellies scratched and heads petted, as well as having a diverse and varied diet full of soaked organic grains, duck eggs, fresh veggies and fruits, our own organic hay, and all that they dig up as they root in the soil. A very important part of our pig-keeeping practices is to help our pigs live incredibly relaxing lives with us here on LTD Farm. All three of these elements make an enormous difference in the pork. ALL pigs should be treated this way, but sadly most are not treated all that well. You can go ahead and feel wonderful eating our high welfare pork and supporting our efforts toward raising these incredibly intelligent beings in a natural way with kindness and respect. At the end of the day, our pigs are unfortunately/fortunately incredibly delicious as well.

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We’ve had a couple people ask if they could get a smaller pork share from us, and now we have a smaller introductory offering! Get a “Pastured Pork Package” from LTD Farm, where our happy pigs live a stress free, lovely life of luxury and eat a top notch natural diet, which is based primarily on soaked 100% organic grains, as well as what they graze and root up, our own hay, duck eggs, veggies and fruits, homebrew, apple vinegar, kelp, and more!

A prepayment of $200 will get you 20 pounds of amazing pork from us, a handpicked selection of the very best cuts from our pigs, so that you can experience what a real pastured pig tastes like without filling a freezer! Pickup at a drop-off site will be required.

Email us at “farmers (at) LTDFarm (dot) com” for more info or simply fill out the sign up sheet and select our Pastured Pork Package and send us your prepayment!

Pastured Pig Package Ordering Form!

 

CSA Fair! Next Saturday at Seward Co-op!

Come visit us at Seward Co-op’s 13th Annual CSA Fair, Saturday, April 12th from 11-2. You can meet and visit with over 33 local farmers who all offer Community Supported Agriculture Shares from their farms. There is a farm for everyone! Support your local farmers and get a season of delicious, fresh food.P1030964-1024x768

We’ve worked with Seward Co-op since the beginning of our farm, and are pleased to offer Seward as one of our CSA dropsites. We have monthly Original shares from our farm still available for sign up, as well as Pastured Pork, Goose and Turkey Shares. Our Original share is a beautiful monthly box of fresh, seasonal produce grown by us on our farm, as well as 2 dozen duck eggs, 2 bars of our handmade AMAZING goatmilk soap, and a wildcrafted bouquet!

6 months for $350

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The lady ducks are greeting spring enthusiastically, bringing their fabulous eggs to us each morning. We collect eggs three times a day, and each and every one is carefully cleaned by hand and inspected by candling for perfectness. Our ducks go outside every single day, no matter the weather. They eat copious amounts of hay over winter when their paddocks are covered in snow, but we all look forward to fresh greenery sprouting up as the snow recedes and this never-ending winter finally ends!P1090078

Our new little ducklings have arrived from Pennsylvania and are doing very well. They are enjoying the sun during the day, while staying cozy in their brooder for their first month while they grow from palm-sized eensey bits to big girls. As you can see they are very inquisitive!P1100017P1100006